‘Bomb’ author gives free talk at Author’s Speak Series

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Steve Sheinkin > Los Alamos writer mixes history with suspense

By The Staff



Steve Sheinkin, award-winning author of “Bomb: The Race to Build- and Steal- The World’s Most Dangerous Weapon,” will give a free talk on Thursday, May 23, at the Mesa Public Library of Los Alamos, as part of the library’s Authors Speak Series. The event will take place at 7 p.m. in the upstairs area. The book follows the history of the atomic bomb, integrating Los Alamos within its pages. This will be the author’s first time visiting Los Alamos. 

Sheinkin, who has written several other titles for young adults, will spend the day talking about his book to middle school and high school students, as well as host a pizza party for teens at 5:30 p.m. at the Mesa Public Library. 

The author writes historical nonfiction, focusing on making his books digestible for young crowds. His books show historical events in a pleasant, entertaining way. Other titles by Sheinkin include “Lincoln’s Grave Robbers” and “Two Miserable Presidents: The Amazing, Terrible, and Totally True Story of the Civil War.”

“Yes, it’s true, I used to write history textbooks. But I don’t do that kind of thing anymore. Now I try to write history books that people will actually read voluntarily,” Sheinkin said. 

The Authors Speak Series is a monthly event featuring local and statewide authors speaking about their writing on a variety of subjects. 

The series is funded by the Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries.